SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (SIP) AS AN ALTERNATIVE FOR IMPROVING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Ngozi Eucharia Ezeh & Prof. A. N. Okolo
Department of Educational Foundations,
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
The study focused on finding out the role of School Improvement Programme (SIP) as an alternative for improved teaching and learning in primary schools in Nsukka Education Zone of Enugu State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study. The population of the study was 12,968 comprising of 3,000 teachers and 9,968 pupils. Through purposive random sampling technique, 150 teachers and 450 primary six pupils were drawn. Two research questions and two null hypotheses, tested at P<0.05 level of significance, guided the study. Data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation while t-test statistic was used to test the null hypothesis. The findings of the study included among others that the SIP is contributing immensely in improving teaching and learning process at the primary school level; pupils’ performance improved to a great extent; there is no significance difference between the mean ratings of teachers and primary six pupils on the role of SIP in primary schools. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others, that the government should ensure that quality standard of education is maintained at the primary school level which is the bedrock for all levels of education.
Keywords: School Improvement Programme, Alternative, improving, teaching and learning, primary schools.